Corrie catfight for Carla and Leanne

Coronation Street's Leanne Barlow is to "knock seven bells" out of Carla Connor when she returns to the cobbles

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Alison King

Alison King

Coronation Street's Leanne Barlow is to "knock seven bells" out of Carla Connor.

While Leanne - played by actress Jane Danson - originally fled Weatherfield when it came out that her husband Peter (Chris Gascoyne) had been having a steamy affair with Carla (Alison King) for months, she returns to the cobbles to collect her belongings and settle a few scores.

However, the feisty bookmaker hits the roof when her stepson Simon (Alex Bain) falsely claims Carla has been hitting him.

Jane explained: "Leanne finds Carla at the factory and basically knocks seven bells out of her. The old Leanne comes out now and then - she's just protecting someone who she loves very much. She thinks if you can't settle it with words, then you settle it with your fists.

"It's an awful thing to accuse someone of, and she sees it as a great way to prove that Carla isn't right for Peter. It's the perfect revenge for what Carla's done to her family. She definitely doesn't apologise after she discovers Simon was lying."

Despite Carla eventually proving her innocence, Leanne is still desperate to take Simon away from Peter and her love rival once and for all.

Jane added in an interview with All About Soap magazine: "Whether that's just away from them or out of Weatherfield, I don't know. Either way, she's decided that Peter and Carla are going to have a fight on their hands over Simon.

"She can see that whatever happens between her and Peter, Simon is just a little boy who's caught in the middle and really needs looking after."

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